According to a fresh report from The Mirror, Real Madrid are on the hunt for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly but will have to go toe to toe with Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for him.
The same source states that Man United view him as a perfect partner for Harry Maguire and regard him as a defensive priority.
The Red Devils remain hell-bent on bringing the 28-year-old centre-back into the squad despite the fact the player might cost the best part of £90m.
Of course, this, alongside the fact that the likes of Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be in the race, might make things more complicated for Zinedine Zidane’s men.
But the player would very much be worth it.
Zidane currently has the very best defence in La Liga as a whole, having only conceded 13 goals in the first 22 games played in the ongoing 2019/20 campaign. Just for comparison’s sake, the next club in line is Atletico Madrid with 15 goals conceded.
Still, with Sergio Ramos on the wrong side of his 30s, Los Blancos could use someone of Koulibaly’s pedigree and experience to give them a boost and make a seamless transition into life after their revered legend.
Of course, taking into account the number of teams interested in the Serie A star and his reported valuation, it’s pretty safe to say that this won’t be a straightforward or a cheap deal for Real to conclude.
But if it means stabilising their defence for years to come, Florentino Perez shouldn’t be afraid to pull the trigger.